In what can be a major boost for Team India ahead of the World Cup, their middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav is not going to miss the upcoming competition. Jadhav is an integral part of the team and is certain to play all the games provided he remains fit. The middle-order batsman has been a revelation with his spin bowling.
Time and again, skipper Virat Kohli has relied on Jadhav for breakthroughs and the latter has rarely disappointed. Unsurprisingly, it will be a big blow for India if Jadhav missed out on the World Cup. There were big doubts over his participation after he missed the IPL playoffs as well as the final due to a shoulder injury. Jadhav had injured his shoulder while fielding for Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab in their last league game.
But according to report in Bombay Mirror, Jadhav is set to take the flight to England with his teammates on May 22. As of now Jadhav looks set to miss the two warm-up matches. He is also likely to miss India’s first World Cup clash against South Africa on June 5. However, the team management and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are backing him to recover before the next game.
In addition, Jadhav has shown considerable improvement in his recovery. The news report claimed that the BCCI asked physio Patrick Farhart to come back from Australia earlier than scheduled to monitor his injury, recovery and progress. Farhart is working on Jadhav’s fitness in Mumbai since May 6 and the two have also consulted specialists and doctors.
The authorities concerned with the team and the BCCI are reportedly extremely satisfied with the progress so far. The perception is that Jadhav should be available for the first game on June 5 (against South Africa) and, if not, certainly for the second game against Australia on June 9.